What Is A Prepper?

What is a Prepper? If you were to ask most people, they would define a Prepper is a extreme survivalist or doomsday sayer who believes the world is coming to an end. Their only reference is the Preppers they see on TV. You know, the ones who believe that the world is going to face a climactic event that will wipe out the majority of the population and they will be ready to survive no matter what may come. Maybe they have a remote farm somewhere where they stock up on water, food, guns, ammo, etc. and are preparing to defend what they have. Are these Preppers? Absolutely. Are they extremists? In my humble opinion....well maybe just a bit.

The reality is, one does not need to take things to the extreme to be prepared. Personally, I feel one definition found in the "Urban Dictionary" is more accurate, a "Prepper" is defined as "A person actively preparing or being prepared for situations that may affect the stability of home, life, or financial situation". When you look at it this way, we are all Preppers in some form... or at least know we know we should be.

Yes, it is not beyond the possibility the world could experience a bio terror, alien invasion, major cataclysmic event, financial meltdown or even a zombie apocalypse, and wipe out most if not all of the population. If you are on the extreme side of the spectrum and this happens, you were right and should be applauded for this. The reality is there is a higher percentage of possibility you may be faced with a situation on a local level "that may affect the stability of home, life, or financial situation" at some time in your life.

Fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, winter storms are just some of the natural disasters that affect some part of the world on an almost daily basis. These days you can add terrorist attacks and other man made events to the lists of possible events. The fallout from any one of these could deprive you of your basic survival needs; food, water, shelter, power and communications. Just because you may never have experienced a devastating natural disaster or significant event, does not mean it cannot happen. It may have just not happened yet. What if you or your family was faced with the reality of a disaster that took away the stability of home, life, or financial situation? Would you be able to provide for you and your families basic needs?

While some of us have already faced a disaster situation and understand the importance of being prepared with the proper supplies, the majority of people in this country have not had this experience. Some prefer to keep their heads buried in the proverbial sand and think nothing will never happen to me. Yet others have the belief that is something does happen, the government will step in and save the day. Really?

Yes, we are lucky in the United States, we have federal, state, and local resources to help us in an emergency. The Red Cross is always quick to respond with food, water, and even shelter. But help can't always get there quick enough. Government agencies are usually overwhelmed and it could be some time before they can mobilize. Resources may not be available right away or maybe there just isn't enough to go around for a significant amount of time. According to FEMA, it can take up to 72 hours before they can be on site and actively providing help and support. Could you sustain yourself and your family for 72 hours? How about longer?

You may be surprised to learn there are more preppers out there than you think. Wouldn't you be a bit envious when your next door neighbor pulls out their family emergency kit and food supplies and is ready to go in just a few short minutes. When you think about it, what is the Red Cross, FEMA, food banks and other like agencies? They are Preppers. Being prepared is the responsible way to go. Hey, the Boy Scouts aren't wrong.

Shouldn't you be a Prepper too?

Don Higbee
New Era Prepper